Australia is back home after a crucial one-month tour of Sri Lanka so far. During their visit to the island nation, they won the T20I series 2–1, lost the ODI 3–2 and the Tests were drawn 1–1. After a winning start to the tour, they were stunned by the hosts’ return in ODIs and Tests.
Sri Lanka registered their first ODI series win against Australia since 1992. Later, he made a strong comeback in the last Test at Galle, beating the visitors by an innings and 39 runs to level the series 1–1. Gaul’s victory jumps Lankans to third place World Test Championship points table, progressing India and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Australia’s ace batsman David Warner shared a heartfelt note after the conclusion of the tour. He wrote an emotional message for Sri Lankan supporters, thanking them for the ‘extremely difficult time’ hosting Australia.
“Thank you Sri Lanka for hosting us here during this very difficult time. We’re so grateful to be able to be here and to play the game we love and know what it’s like to support all of you. You have opened your arms to us and we will never forget this journey,” Warner wrote in his post.
“What I love about your wonderful country no matter what is you always have a smile on your face and you are always so welcoming. Thank you and I look forward to a day trip to vacation with my family Can’t,” he concluded.
Australia has slipped to the second spot in the World Test Championship rankings. Also, it was Australia’s first defeat in the current edition of the World Test Championship.
The Australian team currently has 84 points with 70 per cent points. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have 54.17 percentage points as they find themselves in the third position in the standings.
Australia started the two-match Test series on a grand note after winning the first game by ten wickets. The spectators made a quick comeback in the second match played at the Galle International Stadium to level the series.
Sri Lanka’s experienced batsman Dinesh Chandimal scored a record-breaking double century in the second Test. Chandimal became the first Sri Lankan cricketer to score a double century. He surpassed the previous best of 192 made by former wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara. Chandimal scored a brilliant unbeaten 206 in the first innings and his team scored a total of 554 runs.
The Australian batting unit broke down in the second innings as they were bundled out for just 151 runs. Sri Lankan spinner Prabhat Jayasuriya took six wickets to seal a resounding victory for the hosts.
Eventually, India slipped to fourth place as they got two World Test Championship points after being fined for slow over-rate. And now after the victory of Sri Lanka, India have gone further down in the standings. India currently occupies the fifth position with 52.08 percentage points and 75 points. India’s arch-rivals Pakistan is currently at the fourth position with 52.38 percentage points.
South Africa is the current topper in the World Test Championship with 60 points and 71.43 percentage points. Bangladesh, the bottom team in the standings, has scored 13.33 per cent so far.
In the inaugural edition, the Kiwis defeated Team India in the final match to win the World Test Championship.